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How do I know if I need pelvic floor physical therapy?

Patient story time: Once upon a time there was a woman who came in with a history of urinary incontinence from early childhood and continuing, worsened by the surgical birth of her first child. She had lived with shame and extra changes of clothes for years, and all that ever came of telling doctors was that she would just “have to live with it”. That’s not a terribly empowering thing to hear, so she kept searching. Along the way she found out that 90 % of women who deliver vaginally and 75% of women who deliver via cesarean had a problem called a “cystocele” which means that the bladder has fallen out of alignment and is hanging into the vagina a little bit. France has a...

Feeding Babies: It’s not as complicated as you’re trying to make it.

Written by Alicia Hart, ND Story time, y’all. With my first kid, I totally did that handmade steamed single veggie puree, each new vegetable accompanied by a 3 day wait to look for reactions to the food. We fussed and he fussed and it was a terrible time of grinding up baby oats and adding spirulina to things that had no business having spirulina on them. Fast forward 3 years later: Girl twin started eating by stealing bacon off my plate while I was distracted by her brothers. Boy twin refused to eat for months after she started eating. I came back from taking recycling out one night to find my older kid feeding girl twin raw cookie dough (Holy Salmonella, batman!) and before a year we...

Five Reasons to Schedule a Home Lactation Consultation

by: Adrienne Koznek, IBCLC  When breastfeeding problems arise, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a key support person to overcoming them.  Trained in a wide array of issues (including mastitis, sore nipples, tongue tie, and supply concerns, among others), an IBCLC is considered the “Gold Standard” in lactation support. To that end, leaving the house in the early days postpartum can feel incredibly daunting.  Here are give reasons why new parents may want to consider calling an IBCLC for a lactation consult in their home. 1.        You just had a baby!  You are (definitely) tired, and (probably) sore and feeling overwhelmed to some degree.  The first few days, weeks, and even months of having a newborn ought to be treated as a time of healing and...

Do You Have Postpartum Depression?

This is the story I see most often. Mom comes in and she’s tired. She feels like any attempt to take care of herself is either blocked by a screaming child or would be implausible because of other life factors. Eating has been a struggle. When kiddo (or kiddos) are sleeping, laying down would be nice but falling asleep is hard plus there’s all of this work that should be caught up on. The thought is actually overwhelming so what gets done is not a nap or the work, but mostly the repeated thought that if she could somehow just do more, “things” would be better. That’s why the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale has a question asking whether you blame yourself for things going wrong, and...

7 ways that Pokemon Go is helping your health

Nerds, listen up. There’s a new app on the market and so far (out of a very limited sampling bias of my personal friends who are pretty much just as nerdy as I am) 10 out of 10 doctors recommend it. It’s called Pokemon Go- and the premise of the game is that you need to get outside and walk. Ok, the actual premise of the game is an augmented reality that encourages you to catch little pokemon pocket monsters and then make them cooler than everyone else’s pokemon, but to do that you have to walk A LOT. And people are totally doing it! I was so pleased to see people playing it when I took the kids out for our normal stroll. The game has...

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